If you’re like me, you like to see where authors work. It’s been a while since I’ve shared my writing space with you. I love the wall behind my desk. There are a few of my beloved books there, a watercolor my grandmother (and Starr namesake) painted of me as a girl, and lots of good things on a homemade bulletin board.
Like this. My favorite portrait ever (drawn by one of my boys years ago).
I love to surround myself with quotes. And that’s little me, dancing in the rain.
More quotes and my sweet family, while on “evacucation” during our Louisiana years (or “hurrication,” as my husband likes to say).
My furry old friend, Boudreaux, is almost always with me.
A cozy spot to sit. This shelf is a headboard I got at a Habitat for Humanity Restore while we lived in Michigan. I painted it with Restore paint, too. A lot of the books I keep on this shelf were written by friends who debuted with me.
Every children’s author needs her own Miss Tiggy-Winkle. You can’t see him in this picture, but Jeremy Fisher sits on that file cabinet, too.
Artwork that went with my first two published pieces, poems called “Sun and Moon” and “Picture This” in the now defunct Confetti magazine (back in 2005). The poppy photo is one I took on a run in spring 2020. I shared it with my running partner, and she gave me this print as a birthday gift. It serves as a reminder of beauty in the midst of difficulty (we all remember what spring 2020 was like).
I had shelves put into the closet. I took down the old rickety doors and replaced them with a shower curtain. Things have gotten a little messy of late.
Here’s the corner with my own titles. I also keep my author visit things in here, various mailers (seen in the previous picture), some wrapping paper and gift bags (where else in the house was I going to put them?!), and some exercise equipment, as my office has doubled as a gym during Covid.
Not included: pictures of the couch and the library parking lot — two other places I love to work!
I love seeing your office in all its “messy glory” as Debbie Wiles would say. Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets and I use her lines for inspiration all the time. My classroom and home are filled with books. I absolutely love your dog. So handsome! I look forward to seeing your email messages every week. Thank you so much for your inspiration and for me “silent” encouragement to keep writing.
I’m so glad to hear it, Kathleen! Keep going!
Steve Cromwell says
Thanks for the tour! Love the quotes and the artwork, and now I really want to convert my closet into a bookshelf.
Just one thing, though – it’s a crime to have such a beautiful dog as Boudreaux and not share more photos! Please remedy this oversight in the future. 🙂
Boo is a very good girl.